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Horticulture Mission to be launched in Krishna district

Staff Reporter

Panel with Collector as chairman to be formed soon


  • 12 pack houses have been sanctioned under the mission
  • Activity to commence from December
  • Rs. 50-lakh subsidy for cold storage

    VIJAYAWADA: The administration will launch the National Horticulture Mission in the district soon to provide financial assistance to farmers in farm mechanisation and post-harvest management. A cold storage at a cost of Rs. 2 crores will also be constructed with subsidy extended under the mission.

    A district-level committee will be formed with District Collector Navin Mittal as chairman and District Rural Development Agency project director M. Ravikumar, Zilla Parishad chief executive officer and others as members.

    Benefits to the tune of Rs. 1.09 crores would be extended to the farmers, who come forward in setting up facilities for post-harvest management. Under the mission, 12 pack houses have been sanctioned. These facilities are used to carry out grading and other activities with regard to horticulture crops like mango. Each pack house will cost about Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

    Assistant director of horticulture M.V. Madhusudhan says that five to six farmers have already submitted their proposals for setting up the pack houses. The mission will be implemented initially in the mandals, in which horticulture crops are predominantly cultivated. Farmers can apply through horticulture officers covering Machilipatnam, Nuzvid, Vuyyur and others places in the district.

    List of applicants

    The district-level committee will go through the list of applicants and will select the farmers. Many farmers are said to have evinced interest in the scheme. Activity under the mission will commence actively from December. The units will be sanctioned to the eligible farmers on first-come-first-serve basis.

    Officials say Rs. 50 lakhs will be given towards subsidy for the construction of cold storage. It may be of the multi-purpose type and can be used for storing produce of non-horticulture crops during the off-season. The need for cold storages with good facilities is felt in horticulture mandals so that the farmers will not suffer losses due to lack of proper storage facilities.

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